St. Louis Hospital-based Violence Intervention Program (STL-HVIP) and Life Outside of Violence (LOV)
The Center is responsible for maintaining two databases related to violence prevention: 1) STL-HVIP, a repository of clinical information on all hospital visits made for violent injuries from all four level-one trauma centers in the region; and 2) LOV, a program facilitated by case workers designed to prevent recidivism for violent injuries at the four participating hospitals. Oversight of these data is provided by a committee of the STL-HVIP body, and are available to researchers and LOV program evaluators by way of an application process.
The St. Louis region experienced a notable decrease in homicides in the year 2003, yet the rate subsequently rebounded. In collaboration, the St. Louis Mental Health Board, the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research, and faculty from the Brown School, the Social System Design Lab, & UMSL sought an explanation. With pilot funding from the Institute for Public Health, the research team collected data, visualized trends, and conducted interviews to explore the relationship between crime & funding for violence prevention from 2000-2010 in the City of St. Louis. Examination of the trends was used to build a systems model, which was further explored and refined by a group of local funders and health department staff. Final results suggest that violent crime will continue to oscillate without a sustained collaborative infrastructure to coordinate violence prevention funding; deliver a consistent message to engage the community; and set an ambitious vision for a violence-free community. The Center continues to work with the Violence Prevention Commission in their data-driven efforts to prevent violence in the region.
Public Health Dashboard: Sexually Transmitted Infections
The St. Louis region has high rates of STDs including gonorrhea and chlamydia, and the availability of affordable testing and treatment in the City of St. Louis for these infections has decreased over the past decade. The Center maintains a repository of clinical data on sexually transmitted infection-related visits made to local emergency departments. We are also working with stakeholders to develop dashboards that 1) aid providers in their treatment of patients with these infections; and 2) help people seeking care find community resources for testing and treatment.